Madhya-līlāChapter 22: The Process of Devotional Service

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 22.7

advaya-jñāna-tattva kṛṣṇasvayaḿ bhagavān

'svarūpa-śakti' rūpe tāńra haya avasthāna

SYNONYMS

advaya-jñāna — of nondual knowledge; tattva — the principle; kṛṣṇa — Lord Kṛṣṇa; svayam bhagavān — Himself the Supreme Personality of Godhead; svarūpa — personal expansions; śakti — of potencies; rūpein the form; tāńra — His; haya — there is; avasthāna — existence.

TRANSLATION

"Kṛṣṇa is the nondual Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although He is one, He maintains different personal expansions and energies for His pastimes.

PURPORT

The Lord has many potencies, and He is nondifferent from all these potencies. Because the potencies and the potent cannot be separated, they are identical. Kṛṣṇa is described as the source of all potencies, and He is also identified with the external potency, the material energy. Kṛṣṇa also has internal potencies, or spiritual potencies, which are always engaged in His personal service. His internal potency is different from His external potency. Kṛṣṇa's internal potency and Kṛṣṇa Himself, who is the potent, are always identical.

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